Ph.D. Advanced Channel Coding & Signal Processing for the Random-access Channel

Communications and Signal Processing Research Group
University College Dublin, Ireland

Background:
Random multiple access describes a protocol where many users access a channel in an uncoordinated fashion. This scenario necessarily produces collisions when some users access the channel at the same time. Traditionally, collided packets have simply been discarded; however, it has been recently recognized that the application of advanced signal processing techniques on collided packets can achieve a large gain in the overall system throughput. This project will develop new error-control coding schemes for the random access channel, using ideas from low-density coding and physical-layer network coding. The focus will be on advanced signal processing techniques which can achieve reliable communications in such systems, giving a high overall throughput with a practical implementation complexity.

The Ph.D. position is fully funded by a scholarship from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) as part of the CONNECT program.

Who Should Apply:
Potential candidates should hold a first or upper second class honors undergraduate degree in electronic engineering, and should possess strong mathematical, analytical and programming skills. Of particular importance is a strong background in coding theory and signal processing. Excellent English writing and oral communication skills are also required.

The start date for the Ph.D. studentship is January/February 2016. The scholarship covers PhD fees and includes a stipend of €18,000 per annum for four years.

Closing Date: The closing date for applications is 20th December 2015.

Applications consisting of a cover letter and curriculum vitae should be sent to:
Dr. Mark Flanagan 
E-mail: mark.flanagan@ucd.ie